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operators, cargo shipping users, and other maritime industrial users. i would like to thank the san francisco bicycle coalition for their thoughts and presentation and for their efforts to promote bicycle use and safety in the city. as part of their build-out plan for bikeways that was talked about, i would like to comment on a proposal that is out there to install bike access facilities along caesars chavis in the southern waterfront. first, i think industry is very supportive of promoting safe and exits of a bicycle facilities in san francisco, particularly those that creates a and efficient enhanced bike access, which improves the traffic safety and conditions for all kinds of traffic. however, this promotion cannot come at the cost of safe and efficient goods movement to and from the port. they should work together.
cesar chavez is a very important goods movement corridor for some of the port posing as critical industries, including peer 70 and pierre avie. pier 92, and the aggregate distributer. and the waste management recycle facilities. the vehicle servicing these facilities obviously tend to be large trucks, which do not tend to mix very safely with smaller, slower vehicles that are difficult to see. so i would just encourage the poor and the bicycle coalition to continue to work closely with the industrial tenants and stakeholders as these bikeway build-outs continue for solutions of bicycle access while limiting the index to an existing industrial uses and traffic that exist in the city. thank you.
>> thank you. karen pierce -- >> good afternoon, commissioners. i am did the chair of the southern waterfront advisory committee. i would like to echo my colleague right before me on our support for the bicycle coalition's extraordinary effort to make bicycling not only more viable, but also safer within the city. however, i am is bidding on the same issue related to the plan being for cesar chavez, and want to make sure that commissioners are aware that if the plan bidding, as it is presently proposed, goes through, it will have grave impacts on the force ability to move goods from the ports to their final destinations.
an analysis of the existing proposals includes the fact that if lanes are taken out of scissors chavez -- cesar chavez, east of highway one no one, it will cause a back up of approximately 1,200 feet of trucks trying to get on to the freeways. not only will this cause a problem for trucks, but more importantly, and the reason why i am here bank, is because that will have as severe impact on air quality in the area. i share the southern waterfront advisory committee, which was established as a result of the concerns of community residents and public health about the impact on health and air quality in the southern part -- in the southeastern part of the city as a result of port activity. over the last 10 years, we have
worked very closely together. we have built a great partnership. most of us in the neighborhoods feel that the accord is a good neighbor, and we work very hard to continue that relationship. if we have trucks backing up -- number one, we're going to have trucks driving through our neighborhood again. and the port has gone to the extreme measure of building an additional bridge across isleus creek to make sure the turks have been moved out of the neighborhood and can get it immediately onto the freeway. we also have the problem that if you look in the bay area air quality management district's mapping of problem areas related to air quality, you will see that the whole eastern side of san francisco is what they call a community of concern and what
we activists call a hot spot. there are six in the bay area, and that whole corridor is one of those. so anything that is done that will affect their quality will have a detrimental effect not only on our neighbors and the air we breathe, but on whether or not the city can continue to meet the standards that are required by the clean air act. i just want to ask that the commission take a serious look at this proposal and work with the city family, including mta and planning, to look good alternatives. we have testified, and we have been ignored. i think that the commission can have some effect on whether or not we look at alternatives. thank you. >> thank you. ernestine weiss.
>> good afternoon, everyone. i just want to compliment the bicycle coalition on all the good work they do. however, i have to mention that we have the great problem about bicycles whizzing by on the sidewalks without any regard to pedestrians. it is so dangers. one of my dear friends was struck and injured very seriously by a biker was disobeying the rules. however, i also live at the golden gateway, and we have a courtyard where cars come out of the garage and the ball traverse the area, tenants and visitors, and there are signs posted this in no bicycling, no state -- skateboarding, and they just whiz right through there. we do not have eyes in back of us. we cannot see what is coming at us. i would recommend that more be done about these people who do not obey the laws, and they're too many of them. thank you. >> thank you.
any other public comment on seven? >> items on the consent calendar. >> i have one request for staff. in light of the comments about the traffic congestion, if perhaps we can have some staff look at that and see if there are mitigation measures we to date for trucks leaving the port. >> briefly, that is an item the staff has been working on, and we will continue and maybe come back to you with a more detailed presentation on how we're trying to address the concern. >> item 8a, approval of contract awards for professional engineering services, to establish the building occupancy assumption program for critical port facilities in an amount not to exceed $476,890, plus a 10% contingency, the amount of $47,689, a total
contract authorization of $524,579 dollars. b, opposition to advertise competitive bids for contract 2755. this is 3. item c, opposition to advertise for competitive bids for the brand in st. walk contract, contract 2726. >> i moved 8a, b, and c. >> the second. >> any public comment? all of those in favor, please signify. any opposed? resolution number 1170, 1171, and 1172 are all approved. >> item 9a, c what 351, 8 washington street project, embarcadero and washington street. >> good afternoon.
i am the project manager. before you today was an update on the design and schedule for the sea wall lot 3518 washington project. this is informational only. staff is not seeking commissioner approval today for any aspect of this. the port and san francisco waterfront partners have been working for the lease and development of seawall lot 351 on the embarcadero at washington street. in conjunction with the adjacent private property, which is on tour private athletic club. following a request for proposal process, sfwp was awarded the development opportunity for seawall what 351 in february 2009, and entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement. in september 2010, sfwp received port commission approval for project term sheet. the proposed project transformed the site from a parking lot, generating approximately $65,000
in annual rent to the court, changing it to a mixed use project generating $120,000 in annual rent, plus 15% of retail sales on port property, and $5 million in guaranteed payments to the board. significantly, the product replaces existing surface parking lot at sea wall lot 351, with 255 public parking spaces. and a below-ground three-level garage. up to 150 spaces will be reserved for the public parking needs of the greater ferry building area. the board, as of the bp -- sfwp, and the lands commission will have an exchange agreement. this trust swap stock -- dressed swap will a lot -- in exchange for the development of public trust open space on portions of the adjacent private property
next door. as a requirement requiring portions of seawall lot 351, sfwp will include the entire site and an infrastructure financing district expected to generate income tax increment of $ 2.5 million to the port. iraq, the project guarantees of the port short-term payments in the form of the base rent, enhance its long-term rates -- lease revenues, and provides new mechanism isn't -- new mechanisms diverges bit in the real-estate assets. the terms of the project transaction documents are now in the final stages of negotiation. in january, staff anticipates the approval, seeking court commissioner approval of the following items. following three items. one, adoption of the findings for the project under the california environmental quality actcqualityeqa. approval of the documents and schematic drawings. in approval of the trust
exchange agreement with the state lands commission. prior to returning to you in january, support staff will present the revised project designed to the northeast waterfront advisory group. that is tomorrow evening at pier 1. next week, monday, the port staff will have the waterfront designer committee's review of this project. i would like to introduce simon snell group. simon and members of his team have prepared a detailed project presentation highlighting recent design changes. afterwards, sfwp and port staff will be able to respond to any questions you may have. >> good afternoon, commissioners. thank you for having us here today. we do not want to repeat what has already been said. i am here today with mark, who
is the architect who is heading up this project. and i am going to go as quickly as possible. some of you commissioners have not seen this project. some of you have seen it so many times you -- i do not want to delay you too much in the summary. quickly, a little bit of history. a huge amount of history. this is a diagram showing the 280 embarcadero freeway that thankfully was removed in 1990, with a lot of help from a lot of people who had a lot of passion. and we've then undertook a seven-year study called the world front -- waterfront land use program. this project is, if you like, the outcome of that plan. this diagram here shows the
waterfront area, which is the sub-area of the waterfront land use plan. and it shows, in brown, the area that has been under development since 2000. the ballpark was the first major project to come out of that effort. and then, to the left of the building, pier 1. then the ferry building itself. in 2003, the project that we developed it appears. in 2006, finished. and, of course, you are familiar with the brown street wharf and various other aspects like the cruise terminal which is under planning right now and the exploratorium, which is under
construction. bringing us back to this area. this area is -- in this area on the right hand portion, it is the smaller shape which is sea wall lot 351. in 2005, we were looking at the waterfront land use plan, which in course the court to seek ways to combine seawall to351 with digits in golden gateway land. undertook this project, came to the port in 2005, with this idea. at that point, this land -- the adjacent land was still under the purview of redevelopment, that redevelopment has now expired in time. but the waterfront land use plan, urging the exploration of
how to combine these sites to maximize it, and reduce housing, retail, recreation, and open space, is what we hear about today. so i am going to rush through this a little bit so we can maximize mark's time on the design. but today, in front -- we are in front of you because we have entered into a tentative agreement, subject to your part -- final approval and the impact reports. it is to extend portions of the block. i think that saves 22,000 feet of the 27,000 feet of block 351 removed from the trust, paid for in large amounts of money. and then given back to the port in the form of public open space, so that, in fact, an excess of land, 1,250 square
feet, will be given back to the port. there'll be a further 3,500 square feet dedicated to open space on top of that, so we end up with about 29,000 square feet of public open space. all-in-all, the area devoted to recreational public open space will be approximately 50% of the land. so here we are today. over the course of -- you had a competition in 2008. you awarded as the exclusive negotiations and agreements, subject to a planning study that was requested by supervisor chu for 18 months during 2009 and the first part of 2010. we undertook scores of meetings, public outrage, a lot of discussions with nabors,
stakeholders, club operators, and the land seller. . and we have been -- and we have completed the environmental impact report draft in august. it has been reviewed by city planning. i completed the draft in june. public, it was completed in august. the planning department is completing its response and is going to issue the final eir. it was going to be december 1, regrettably, it will now be in a jan.. so today, and wanted to update you and the neighbors and the people here on the refinements that have been made during that environmental review period. and i apologize for all the bullet points, but we have
widened the sidewalks of 15 feet. there is a program change here which has enabled us to widen the sidewalks and white in the park in, increase the park. we have added an additional restaurants and retail. 25,000 feet. we have reprogram the recreation club, and we will get into that later in the presentation. and we have created and reprogrammed the recreation space, a living room, living walls along the embarcadero. we have added a playground in the northern pacific park for children, 4500 square feet. and it is overseen by the brown part to the north, which is a part shall lay. we have added to that, and it has a lot more retail. we have increased the public
open space to 29,000 feet in summary, today, we're still proposing 165 housing units. 20,000 feet of restaurant and cafe, which would be consistent with the objectives of the trust, even though it will not be under the trust jurisdiction, all of it. a recreation club, which is now -- we would remove four tennis courts after speaking to a lot of the stakeholders in the neighborhood, the club operator, and the ultimate club owner. keep in mind, when we develop this, we actually give the club back to the golden gateway center. so there the final owner of it. the a break, we're pleased to say, they have selected the athletics club. that will be the operator, and
the athletics club feels that a large, very dynamic aquatics center is going to more please the majority of residents in the neighborhood. we have increased public open space to 39,000 feet. we have 255 public parking spaces proposed. which would serve the waterfront area and satisfy the courts -- port's requirements to meet its obligation to the ferry building. residential parking, we're proposing 165 spaces, and we will have car share, parking, and 81 bicycles basis. it is interesting. we're actually talking about a three city-block long project along the embarcadero. i was trying to think about the last time three city blocks were done in this area, and i think
it was when i did embarcadero center in the 1960's. it is a cigna the good part of the waterfront. we have eliminated these along the embarcadero, and we're down to one on washington street. here is to bicycling. in summary, the changes to the club, i either we have -- my eyes are going. is that screen bad for everybody else? we have increased the internal part of the club from 7,000 feet to 16,000 feet. we have increased the outdoor pools to buy 50%. you're looking at -- we had a lot of people who wanted to do a mix. a lot of people wanted laps, and a lot of people wanted recreation. at this point, of those lanes
are actually 50-yard long, double the length of the 25 yards existing there. double the numbers. so that pool can be actually polls -- turned into eight lanes at 50 yards, or with such a line down the middle, it can be separated into recreation, or aerobics, andlaps. over time, the club operator will be working with all of the members to affect this, but this is for today. we're very excited about the green roof. that green rueful be -- rules will be a very significant and environmental impact. it will be compared with the green roofs on the upper floors of the residential beating. it will be owned and maintained by the condominium associations of that we are assured of its quality. to the north, you see the playground and the park and the wider sidewalks, all of which
mark will go through with you. there has been a lot of misinformation by people who say that this project is going to take away their club. it will not. we commit that we will ensure that all of the rights of the existing members are preserved. there will be no preferential treatment given to the 28 washington purchaser. i am happy to sit down with anybody and explain this further. we will expedite the construction to the greatest extent possible. we will finish the club well ahead of the residential building. and the operators pledged to provide interim facilities. they operate the bay club in the san francisco tennis club, and they will be able to shuttle tennis players to the san francisco tennis club and be able to of ocean -- offer intra facilities during construction. in summary, we are very proud of
this project. we have worked on this for six and a half years. we understand that there is an enormous and not -- number stakeholders along the waterfront. we have tried to please everybody. you can never please everybody, but we have worked out something with the majority of people who will benefit enormously. we think the port will benefit enormously. i am going to sit down and be quiet while mark runs through the design of the project. and then i will ask that you put up with me one last time to end and summarize it for you. >> thank you, ind. thank you, commissioners, for the opportunity to present this opportunity to you again today. this project is something we are incredibly excited about. part of the extraordinary opportunity this represents relates to the importance of the embarcadero as a civic
boulevard. it is in summit " -- the somewhat unfortunate condition of the sea wall lot in the tennis courts, as you can see, there is a two-block long stretch of the embarcadero, which is essentially devoid of life at the street level. that is something we're very excited to be a part of changing. what is proposed, as simon has described, is a series of uses stretching from the residential project at the south to open space of the center, and then of course, the club surrounded by a series of public open spaces. i will walk you through this in detail. we're starting at the south end. this is of the corner of the embarcadero and washington. there is a very significant restaurant at the southeast corner of the project. it has indoor/outdoor dining. it has sheltered outdoor dining. we think that will animate the corner tremendously. the overall massing of the
project as been broken down in the southern part into a series of very residential scaled, vertical limestone blocks. they're separated by balcony's and articulated at the skyline by a series of stepping roof terraces. moving along the embarcadero to the north, this is the central portion of the four, five, and six-story residential building along the embarcadero. almost the entire frontage of the ground floor is given to retail spaces, some of which will be restaurants and other food and beverage uses. stepping to the north further, the space between the residence of project to the south and the recreation club is the jackson commons, which is any connection. through the site, the connection with is currently lost. that connection is animated by the retail to the south and also by a club cafe at the corner of
the club, which we see is a very open, classy, indoor/outdoor space. it would not only be for club members. it would be for the public to use, to bring as much life to the street as we can. and to some extent, at ferocity to the use of the health club, which is in some ways a private club. you can see here the living rooms on top of the club. this is something that we're very excited about. the club is basically a one- story building, which is set within public open space on both sides. -- on all sides. the roof of the club is almost like a piece of the ground, a piece of the open space, lifted up one-story with ferocity and lively uses the need it. that roof is holding up, creating a kind of natural topography. because it is at a slow, people will be a the see the green roof from a distance. beneath that roof are a series
of very pedestrian-scale, human- scale volumes inserted into the building. the one on the left is the living wall. the one on the right is a living wall. at the center, the opaque wall is actually adjacent to a very classy area of the club, which is directly aligned to the mid block pedestrian crossing. there is a stair behind that wall so there is a sense of animation. the roof is gently undulating from a low point of about 16 feet of towards the north, and then back down where it shelters the park chalet, which is the restaurant use their of the very northern end of the project. it has its primary engines on the embarcadero. the bottom left side of the drawing. it opens up to a slightly elevated dining terrorists within the pacific park, which within the pacific park, which would allow people to sit